Collaboration for High Quality School Mental Health Services: Effective Partnering with External Service Providers


Recording: Collaboration for High Quality School Mental Health Services: Partnering with External Service Providers


Effective school-based mental health service provision can be enhanced by collaboration with allied providers outside of the school context. Services to students may be strengthened when professionals collaborate across roles and institutions. For example, schools can partner with outpatient or community mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, physicians, community organizations, and religious or cultural institutions. When planning for continuity of care across settings, providers must be aware of legal and ethical requirements, differentiated roles and duties of various collaborators, and best practices for information sharing and joint decision making.




  1. Understand the legal and ethical requirements associated with school collaboration with external mental health providers
  2. Identify the roles and functions of a variety of external mental health providers, including interactions with school systems and school-based care
  3. Prepare to implement effective engagement strategies for interprofessional care




Miranda Zahn

Miranda Zahn, PhD, MCSP

Miranda Zahn, PhD, NCSP, is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota. She conducts research, training, and technical assistance in school-based mental health services. Specifically, Miranda focuses on the role of teachers in school supports for youth mental health, effective and supportive mental health training for school psychology graduate students, and enhancing the well-being of adults and youth in schools and youth-serving organizations through systems reform. In addition, Miranda is a school psychologist and school mental health provider at Nebraska’s Educational Service Unit #1, where she provides direct services to youth as well as training and systems consultation to schools, a faculty member in South Dakota’s Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program, and a consultant for the National Center for School Mental Health.


Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Campbell is a half-Filipina, mid-fat, cisgender daughter of an immigrant who grew up in a one-stoplight town in Arkansas. She currently serves as the Crisis Liaison & Community Trainer for the Hawaiʻi DOH Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division. Dr. Campbell participates in systems-level interventions for statewide mental health crisis response & develops free training opportunities for community members and providers—including certification of new PC-CARE providers. Dr. Campbell's research centers around minoritized identities & their influence on mental health. She is especially interested in how experiences of race, body image, & weight stigma affect the wellbeing of children & adolescents—particularly in relation to the implications of culture, socioeconomic status, power/privilege, & gendered societal expectations. Outside of work, Dr. Campbell enjoys cooking without recipes, consuming an absurd amount of podcasts/YouTube, ocean paddling, & jigsaw puzzling.



The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

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